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14 December 1990
Agenda items 23,35 and 75
QUESTION OF PALESTINE
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE
ISRAELI PRACTICES AFFECTING THE HUMAN RIGHTS
OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE AND OTHER ARABS OF
THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES
Letter dated 14 December 1990 from the Chargé d'affaires a.i
of the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations
addressed to the Secretary-General
I have been instructed by the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is invested with the authority and responsibilities of the Provisional Government of Palestine, to transmit to you the statement by the official spokesman of the Palestine Liberation Organization concerning the dangerous situation in occupied Jerusalem, with particular regard to the Haram al-Sharif.
I should be grateful if you would kindly arrange to have this letter and its annex circulated as a document of the General Assembly and of the Security Council.
(Signed) Nasser AL-KIDWA
Chargé d'affaires a.i.
Acting Permanent Observer for Palestine
to the United Nations
Statement by the official spokesman of the
Palestine Liberation Organization
For the past two days Israeli and international news services and media have been reporting Israeli preparations to desecrate the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque and to perpetrate a further massacre among our Palestinian population in the Holy City of Jerusalem. They state that the so-called "Temple Mount Faithful" intend to visit the Haram al-Sharif on 17 December 1990 and to hold a ceremony there and that the Israeli Government has given its approval to their proposal.
The Palestine Liberation Organization reminds the international community and the Arab and Islamic worlds of the repugnant massacre carried out by the Israeli occupation forces against our people in Jerusalem, as a result of which 31 people were martyred and hundreds injured, on the same pretext as that now being advanced by the Israeli occupiers. On that occasion the Zionist group known as the "Temple Mount Faithful" was endeavouring to lay the foundation-stone of the temple in the Haram al-Sharif. The Palestine Liberation Organization holds the Israeli Government fully responsible for this fresh act of provocation and aggression, for which preparations are this time being made overtly and in public, and calls upon the world as a whole to assume its responsibility vis-a-vis this organized official escalation of Israeli terrorism against our Palestinian people.
The Palestine Liberation Organization affirms that the Israeli Government would not be embarking on preparations for this latest bloodthirsty plan if it had encountered official international deterrence, in the context of the Security Council, at the time of the first Jerusalem massacre. The fact that it was not so deterred was a result of the American Administration's defence of the Zionist occupation and of Israeli crimes and acts of aggression against our Holy Places and our Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory.
The Palestine Liberation Organization calls upon the Security Council, and particularly its five permanent members, as well as the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise.of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to take a firm stand against this latest bloodthirsty plan.
The Palestine Liberation Organization affirms that the Palestinian people will resist this further brutal act of aggression in order to prevent the criminals from desecrating the Haram al-Sharif, which is the first of the two kiblahs and the third of the Holy Places.